1st Edition

Digital Imaging for Cultural Heritage Preservation Analysis, Restoration, and Reconstruction of Ancient Artworks

    524 Pages 30 Color & 270 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    524 Pages 30 Color & 270 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    524 Pages 30 Color & 270 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This edition presents the most prominent topics and applications of digital image processing, analysis, and computer graphics in the field of cultural heritage preservation. The text assumes prior knowledge of digital image processing and computer graphics fundamentals. Each chapter contains a table of contents, illustrations, and figures that elucidate the presented concepts in detail, as well as a chapter summary and a bibliography for further reading. Well-known experts cover a wide range of topics and related applications, including spectral imaging, automated restoration, computational reconstruction, digital reproduction, and 3D models.

    Experiencing the Past: Computer Graphics in Archaeology, F. Stanco and D. Tanasi

    The Past and the Future: Archaeology and Computer Science

    From the Field to the Screen: 3D computer graphics and the Archaeological Heritage

    The Archeomatica Project

    Archaeological 3D Modeling

    Haghia Triada, Crete

    Polizzello Mountain, Sicily

    Digital Restoration

    Dealing with Image Data in Archaeology: New Perspectives

    Using Digital 3D Models for Study and Restoration of Cultural Heritage Artifacts, M. Dellepiane, M. Callieri, M. Corsini, and R. Scopigno

    Visual Communication of Art

    Art Catalogs and Digital Repositories

    Digital 3D as a Tool for Art Scholars

    Physical Reproduction from the Digital Model

    Virtual Reconstruction and Reassembly

    Supporting the Restoration Process

    Processing Sampled 3D Data: Reconstruction and Visualization Technologies, M. Callieri, M. Dellepiane, P. Cignoni, and R. Scopigno

    Basic Geometric Processing of Scanned Data

    Color Sampling and Processing

    MeshLab: An Open Source Tool for Processing 3D Scanned Data

    Efficient Visualization and Management of Sampled 3D Data

    3D Digitization: How to Improve Current Procedures and Make It More Practical and Successful

    ARC3D: A Public Web Service that Turns Photos into 3D Models, D. Tingdahl, M. Vergauwen, and L. Van Gool

    System Overview

    Automatic Reconstruction Pipeline

    Practical Guidelines for Shooting Images

    Case Study: Reconstruction of the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang


    Accurate and Detailed Image-Based 3D Documentation of Large Sites and Complex Objects, F. Remondino

    Reality-Based 3D Modeling


    Digitizing the Parthenon: Estimating Surface Reflectance under Measured Natural Illumination, P. Debevec, C. Tchou, A. Gardner, T. Hawkins, C. Poullis, J. Stumpfel, A. Jones, N. Yun, P. Einarsson, T. Lundgren, M. Fajardo P. Martinez

    Background and Related Work

    Data Acquisiton and Calibration



    Discussion and Future Work

    Applications of Spectral Imaging and Reproduction to Cultural Heritage, S. Bianco, A. Colombo, F. Gasparini, R. Schettini, S. Zuffi

    Colorimetric and Multispectral Color Imaging

    Capturing a Multispectral Image

    Imaging and Signal Processing Techniques

    Recovery Multispectral Information from RGB Images

    Storing a Multispectral Image

    Evaluating System Performance

    Multispectral Image Reproduction

    Final Remarks

    Did Early Renaissance Painters Trace Optically Projected Images? The Conclusion of Independent Scientists, Art Historians, and Artists
    , D.G. Stork, J. Collins, M. Duarte, Y. Furuichi, D. Kale, A. Kulkarni, M.D. Robinson, S.J. Schechner, C.W. Tyler, N.C. Williams

    The Projection Theory

    Image Evidence

    Documentary Evidence

    Material Culture and Re-Enactments

    Non-Optical Contexts

    The "Value" in Tracing

    Scholarly Consensus

    A Computer Analysis of the Mirror in Hans Memling’s Virgin and Child and Maarten van Nieuwenhove, S. Savarese, D.G. Stork, A. Del Pozo, R. Spronk

    Memling’s Diptych

    Computer Vision Analysis

    Modeling Reflections Off a Mirror Surface


    Virtual Restoration of Antique Books and Photographs, F. Stanco, A. Restrepo Palacios, G. Ramponi

    Detection of the Defects

    Virtual Restoration of Antique Photographic Prints Affected by Foxing and Water Blotches

    Restoration of the Fragmented Glass Plate Photographs

    Restoration of Yellowing and Foxing in Antique Books

    On Image Quality

    Advances in Automated Restoration of Archived Video, A. Kokaram, F. Pitie, D. Corrigan D. Vitulano, V. Bruni, A. Crawford

    Dirt and Missing Data

    Semi-transparent Defects

    Line Scratches

    Global Defects

    An Evolving Industry

    Computational Analysis of Archaeological Ceramic Vessels and Their Fragments, A.R. Willis

    Artifact Reconstruction Systems: Basic Components and Concepts

    Computational Models for Vessels and Their Fragments

    Vessel Reconstruction by Sherd Matching: 3D Puzzle Solving

    Current Trends in Computational Artifact Reconstruction

    Digital Reconstruction and Mosaicing of Cultural Artifacts, E. Tsamoura, N. Nikolaidis, I. Pitas

    The Three-Step Object Reconstruction Procedure

    Approaches for Object Reconstruction

    Automatic Color-Based Reassembly of Fragmented Images and Paintings

    Reduced Complexity Image Mosaicing Utilizing Spanning Trees

    Analysis of Ancient Mosaic Images for Dedicated Applications, L. Benyoussef, S. Derrode

    Recent Image-Processing Projects Concerned with Mosaics

    Tesserae Extraction

    Tessera-based Segmentation and Coding

    Guidelines Estimation for Mosaic Structure Retrieval

    Open Issues and Research Directions in Mosaic Image Analysis

    Digital Reproduction of Ancient Mosaics, S. Battiato, G. Gallo, G. Puglisi G. Di Blasi

    Art and Computer Graphics

    History of Ancient Mosaics

    The Digital Mosaic Problem

    The Crystallization Mosaics

    The Ancient Mosaics

    The Ancient Mosaics in a 3D Environment

    Final Discussions

    Pattern Discovery from Eroded Rock Art, Y. Cai

    Surface Imaging Methods

    Pattern Discovery Methods

    From Reconstruction to Knowledge

    Interaction Design

    Copyright Protection of Digital Images of Cultural Heritage, V. Cappellini, R. Caldelli, A. Del Mastio, F. Uccheddu

    2D Watermarking

    3D Watermarking


    Filippo Stanco, Sebastiano Battiato, and Giovanni Gallo are with the University of Catania, Italy.